Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice
A Quaker Community in Medford, New Jersey

About Medford Meeting

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"Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another; but praying one for another, and helping one another up with a tender hand."   Isaac Pennington, 1667.

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Medford Friends Meeting gathers each Sunday in a meeting for worship, where we wait together in expectant silence for the presence or leading of the Spirit.  This is the wellspring of Friends' faith and practice.  The meeting for worship may be totally silent or, as is often the case, those in attendance may rise to speak briefly from the heart.  Often the stillness is vibrant and full of meaning.  You may sense this if you vist with us.

Quakers generally believe that there is that of God in every person, and, therefore, God continues to reveal truth in some way to everyone.  We also believe that God calls everyone to be compassionate and caring toward others and to do their best to bring their faith into action.

Our branch of Quakerism does not have a paid clergy or preprared program of worship.  The work of the meeting is done through volunteers organized into committees.

In addition to worship, there are various spiritually-enriching, community-engaging activities at Medford.  On Sundays, after meeting for worship, we have coffee and conversation and occasionally a luncheon with a guest speaker.  Once a month we hold a meeting for business to conduct our affairs.  Other activites include adult religious education, movies, book discussion, quilting, and legislative letter-writing.  There are also special projects to collect food for the needy and to provide a connection between prisoners and their children at home through our Storybook Project.  We also hold a monthly vigil for peace.

Children are warmly welcomed at Medford Meeting.  We have a small active  Sunday School (called First Day School) which meets every Sunday at 10:00.  The curriculum is focused on learning about Quakerism, the Bible, and concern for the larger community.  On most Sundays the children join their parents in meeting for worship for the last fifteen minutes of the hour. During the summer months children's activities are more informal. Please call if you would like to speak to one of the teachers about the program.

Medford Friends Meeting is part of Haddonfield Quarterly Meeting, and as part of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, a regional Quaker organization encompassing meetings in several states, we utilize the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's Guide to Faith and Practice.  Medford is connected to the greater Quaker world through its affiliations with Friends General Conference (FGC), the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), and the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC).

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